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Growing resilience with smallholder farmers

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The project

Since 2021, we have been working with farming communities in Burkina Faso that are hard hit by poverty and the impacts of the land degradation.

Through this project, which runs until 2025, we are working with smallholder farmers to improve both food security and income, strengthening their resilience to the growing impacts of the climate crisis.

Why is this project needed?

In Burkina Faso, poverty and hunger are widespread issues. During the long dry months, when people struggle to grow enough food, many can only eat once a day. Children often suffer the effects the most, with mothers being forced to rely on non-nutritious foods like maize to feed them. 

One-third of the country’s farmland is already degraded due to the effects of the climate crisis and deforestation — the clearing of trees for things like farms. This is making it even harder for people to grow enough crops to eat and sell to earn an income. 

Image: Co-operative members in Pela, Burkina Faso, have been working together to develop natural fertilisers and compost (2022).

Our aims

This project aims to improve food security and income of 210,000 smallholder farmers in the Hauts-Bassins, Cascade, Boucle du Mouhoun and Centre-Ouest regions as well as strengthen the resilience to climate change in these region. 

The approach is sustainable intensification; using innovations such as agroforestry and composting, to increase productivity on existing agricultural land with both positive environmental and social impacts.  

Overall, the project will contribute to strengthen the development of maize, rice, sorghum and cowpeas value chains, while also improving living conditions of smallholder farmers.  

Image: An agroforestry system in Bobo, Burkina Faso. Growing trees alongside staple crops like maize, can help to improve farm resilience and productivity


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    training sessions

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    smallholder farmers in agroforestry

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    different climate-smart technologies

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    metric tones of organic fertiliser

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    Village Based Advisors (VBAs)

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    hectares of land

Our impact so far

Since the project began in 2021, we have been making agreements and building connections between with key project partners (i.e. NAFASO, INERA and CEAS).

  • Successful set-up of demonstration sites, showcasing good practice to be replicated by other farmers
  • Village-based advisors have been identified, and resources have been distributed
  • Baseline study completed

Image: Production of liquid fertiliser in Pela, in Burkina Faso's Centre-Ouest region

Our partners

This project has been made possible with funding from AGRA - Alliance for a Green Revolution In Africa.

We are also working with the following local partners to implement this project:

Centre Ecologique Albert Scweitzer (CEAS)

Burkina Faso Ministry of Agriculture Crop Production Department and Regional Directorates (DGPV)

Participating seed companies (NAFASO, FAGRI, AGRIPROMO, KAWORO)